• San Francisco 49ers' defense, then and now

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Jan 24, 2013
    Deeper passes have given the San Francisco 49ers ' defense more trouble than usual recently. The 49ers played nearly all of that span without Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Smith , who has since returned from injury. However, the 49ers' defense was better against these throws when facing Drew Brees and Eli Manning in the playoffs last season. Now, as the 49ers prepare for their first Super Bowl performance since the 1994 season, Fangio is resisting suggestions that halftime coaching adjustments were key in limiting Green Bay and Atlanta to 10 points in the second halves of two playoff games. That is a concern heading into the Super Bowl given that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has 15 touchdown passes, two interceptions, a 117.2 NFL passer rating and 95.0 Total QBR score this season on passes traveling more than 15 yards past the line of scrimmage.
    Source: ESPN.com
    • One area for concern for 49ers' defense

      2012 49ers vs. Passes 16+ Yds. Past LOS Deeper passes have given the San Francisco 49ers' defense more trouble than usual recently. That is a concern heading into the Super Bowl given that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has 15 touchdown passes,…
      Source: ESPN.com

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